Hot Wire Foam Cutter Attachment: Bow & Guide

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  • Description

    The Bow adds versatility to the Hot Wire Foam Cutter and cuts a path 4.5 in wide by 6 in deep. (11.4 cm x 15.2 cm) Attach the Guide for precise angle cuts. Use only special nichrome replacement wire.

    To avoid the emission of toxic fumes, we recommend using the Foam Cutter Bow & Guide on Woodland Scenics foam products only.

    Hot Wire Foam Cutter not included.

  • Building a Layout Overview

    Profile Boards™

    See how you can create a perimeter of any height and define contours around your layout easily, using interlocking foam Profile Boards.

    SubTerrain Demonstration

    See a brief demonstration of the products available in the SubTerrain Lightweight Layout System and the advantages of using the foam System instead of plywood for a layout base.

    Build a Layout Fast and Easy

    Learn how to build a model railroad layout in five easy steps with the revolutionary SubTerrain Lightweight Layout System.

    Modifying Risers and Inclines

    Learn to bevel, widen, narrow and bank Risers and Inclines to fir the tracking and road requirements of your layout.

    Using the Hot Wire Foam Cutter and Foam Cutter Bow and Guide

    Watch to learn how easy it is to cut custom foam terrain and structures using the Hot Wire Foam Cutter and Foam Cutter Bow and Guide.

  • Made in the USA

    Made In The USA Woodland is committed to a business practice, which supports the economy of our local community.

    We manufacture the vast majority of our products at our Linn Creek, Missouri manufacturing plant, which also houses our product development, package and creative design, marketing, sales and customer service operations.

    Many of the products or parts of the products we manufacture overseas, come back home for packaging and shipping by Woodland employees.

    When you purchase Woodland Quality Brands, you support American manufacturing working in balance with a global economy to support American jobs.

    Safety Warning

    -Model making product. Not a toy! Not suitable for children under 14 years!

    -Produit pour le modélisme. Pas un jouet! Pas adapté aux enfants de moins de 14 ans!

    -Producto para modelismo. No es un juguete! No adecuado para niños menores de 14 años!

    -Modellbauartikel. Kein Spielzeug! Nicht geeigent für Kinder unter 14!


    CAUTION: Some foam products may emit toxic fumes when heated. Wire may cause burns when heated.

    MISE EN GARDE : certains produits en mousse polystyrène ou polyuréthane peuvent émettre des fumées

    toxiques lorsqu'ils sont chauffés. Le fil peut causer des brûlures lorsqu'il est chauffé.

    PRECAUCIÓN: Algunos productos de foam pueden emitir humos tóxicos cuando se calientan. El alambre

    puede causar quemaduras cuando se calienta.

    VORSICHT: Bei einigen Styroporprodukten können sich durch Erwärmen giftige Dämpfe entwickeln. Durch

    das Erhitzen kann es am Draht zu Verbrennungen kommen.

    • Can I use a Hot Wire Foam Cutter to cut my Track-Bed?

      No, do not cut the Track-Bed with a Hot Wire Foam Cutter. This may emit toxic fumes.

    • Can I use the Hot Wire Foam Cutter with other kinds of foam?

      We recommend using the Hot Wire Foam Cutter with Risers, Inclines/Declines, Profile Boards, Foam Sheets, Modeling Sheets, Road Riser, and Support Panels.

      Using the Hot Wire Foam Cutter on products other than what is listed is not recommend. Toxic fumes may be omitted.

    • Can I use wire other than the Foam Cutter Replacement Wire in the Hot Wire Foam Cutter?

      No. The Hot Wire Foam Cutter is designed to use the Replacement Wire. The special nichrome wire retains an even temperature, which is necessary for consistent cutting of our foam products.

    • I've just purchased a hot wire foam cutter, but it's not working. Any suggestions as to what I might do to be sure it's assembled correctly?

      If the bows and wire are not installed properly, the cutter will not heat. We suggest reinstalling the bows and wire according to the following instructions.
      Install Bows - Insert one of the bows into one of the guide holes on the handle. Press the bow down until the spring engages. The bend in the bow and the top of the guide should be level. Hold the bow in place and tighten the thumb screw. Repeat with other bow. When both bows are installed they resemble an American football goalpost. Make sure thumbscrews are not overly tightened.
      Install Wire - Start with a 6-inch piece of wire. Install wire with or without the collars. When installed, wire must be taut between bows.
      Without Collars - Wrap ends of wire several times around grooves in bows. Then, wrap the wire back around itself to secure.
      Collars - Thread one end of the wire through the small, center hole in a bow collar and extend it out the top hole, approximately 1-inch. Twist the wire tightly several times around long wire section and secure close to edge of collar. Thread the other end of the wire through center hole in opposite collar and secure in same manner. There should only be a single piece of wire between the bows.
      Make sure the wire is taut between the bows. To help get the wire tight, pull bows in slightly while securing the wire. To tighten loose wire, twist a collar slightly.
      Using the Cutter - Plug the unit in. Make sure the transformer is secure in the handle and it is plugged into a working outlet.
      IMPORTANT - The yellow button must be pushed firmly forward to heat the wire while cutting. The wire heats only when the yellow button is fully engaged. As a safety feature, the wire cools as soon as button is released, even the slightest amount. Make sure to maintain steady pressure. To ensure the bows and wire maintain the proper connection, make slow and steady cuts. Release yellow button when cut is complete.

      Click here to view a video about the Hot Wire Foam Cutter.

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